EnderCast Episode #2 – Year of the Ender

EnderCast Episode #2 – Year of the Ender


December 29th, 2012


Contrary to what Kelly and I said about not recording a new episode until next year, we’re back with a new episode after having so much fun with our first. We recorded our second episode Year of the Ender on Friday night, December 28, 2012. Topics include:

  • Release date and discussion on Earth Afire
  • Release date and discussion on Ender’s World
  • Hi-res still (same Ender and Graff one) analysis
  • Predictions for 2013’s marketing campaign for the movie
  • Ender’s Game Merchandise We Hope We Never See

I must apologize ahead of time for a couple of things. First, my side of the audio has some pretty bad static because apparently I was hungry and thought it best to eat my microphone. Luckily it clears up later in the show. Second, while I was listening back I realized that I had a really bad case of the giggles for some reason. This doesn’t ever seem to clear up during the show.

There are several things you may want to refer to while listening to this episode, including this teaser for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which I mistakenly call “Harry Potter 5”.


The hi-res still we discuss can be found here.

When we discuss merchandise and have our little laugh about terrifying pieces of bedding with faces on them, you can check out this Peeta Mellark pillowcase to know what we mean. And despite Kelly saying there can’t be a big market for things like that, I feel the need to point out that there are only 10 of those left in stock.

We hope you enjoy Episode 2 and that you all have a happy and safe new year! As always, comments and feedback are welcome!


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  2. Reuben says:

    Another fun podcast to listen to! Thanks for talking about Bean! 🙂

    And yes, I’m the same Reuben from the contest. So excited about the picture!

    I wish you both a great 2013,

  3. Good Job Crystal and Kelly,

    Kelly, thanks for the mention about my explanation about the numbers on the floor. Sorry I wasn’t clear about their meaning, I don’t really know a better way to explain the numbers except the numbers they are a serial number that allows engineers and construction people identify what kind of metal the plates are made. I am an engineer and I look at these types of numbers all the time when I select material to build things.

    Through the magic of photoshop, I was able to identify the numbers on the floor and thus able to tell that the floor of the Barracks is made from aluminum plate. I am preparing a post on my blog (artofdarian.blogspot.com) highlighting this find plus show of pictures of 3D model I created of the Barracks set that I developed from the hi-res still.

    You guys had an interesting dialogue about merchandising. No one wants tacky, creepy crap, but I still would like to see something sooner rather than later. Having items with the IF logo is something they could do right now, and wouldn’t be a lot of sweat off their back. In fact as soon as they dropped the IF logo during the production blog, they should of set up a Cafe Press shop and told the fans to start buying items with the IF logo on it.That’s not a far fetched idea, since Twilight and Hunger Games both have “official” merchandising shops on Cafe press. (http://www.cafepress.com/+hungergamesmovie+gifts, http://www.cafepress.com/+twilight+gifts)

    So if Summit and company are using the Twilight & Hunger Games model to market Ender’s Game, then we would just need to look at some of the items in their Cafe press shops to get an idea of what is to come for us.

    Look forward to more podcasts. Happy New Year everyone!


  4. Scott Wilber says:

    I want to try and keep this short(ish), but I also want to explain what Ender’s Game is to me. When I first read the book I was a junior in high school. I was given the choice between California Blue and Ender’s Game. Being a normal (nerdly) teenage boy I chose the Sci-Fi book. I finished it THAT NIGHT. Having finished so early, my teacher gave me the choice to turn in a report on both, or a detailed analysis for Ender’s Game. I have since been able to read and relate the book to different experiences later in my life (I ended up joining the U.S. Army, as an example). Every time I read the book, or series, I can glean at least one new meaning, or message. The little details are important to me for that reason. The decision to not have the floor of battle school curve up is questionable to me because it’s specifically mentioned as a problem when Ender gets to Command School. Sorry, but I’m trying not to ruin that part for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. Enough with that, I suppose. The podcast is amazing. You ladies are doing a wonderful job. I can’t wait for the next one.

    • Scott Wilber says:

      P.S. Love the music. Sorry about the shameless reply to myself, but I somehow managed to not put that in the main body of text.

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks for the great comment and your background relationship with EG! I love hearing people’s stories about this! We’re so glad you enjoy the podcast!

      I admit I listen to the podcast congs by themselves all the time. 😉

  5. Alison says:

    The prequel trilogy is taking place 100 years before Ender’s Game.